Posted Friday November 01, 2019 by Melissa Reilly


After being shortlisted within the ‘Rising Star’ category of the The GB High St Awards earlier this year, Lanark has now been shortlisted with 7 other towns vying to be crowned ‘Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street’. Public voting is open until 10th November! Click here to read more: and click here to vote online:



Santa dropped Lanark last week to check out this year’s ‘Lanark Winterfest Programme 2019’. The programme, produced by Lanark Community Development Trust, contains details of over 40 festive events taking place in Lanark during November and December. Highlight events of this year’s Winterfest include the popular Christmas Market & Light Switch-On on Saturday 16th November, the Illuminated Lanimer Winter Parade & Late-Night Shopping on Friday 22nd November, and the Festive Taste in Lanark on Saturday 7th December.

Click here to view an online copy of the programme, or receive yours in the post very soon!



Lanark Community Development Trust would like to celebrate Lanark’s long history of being the home of the Clydesdale Horse which was first bred at a farm just across the Clyde from Lanark.

Sylvia Russell, Chairman of Lanark Community Development Trust, said: “We wish to erect a magnificent sculpture near Lanark Auction Market which has hosted Clydesdale Horse sales for over 140 years although Clydesdales were sold at Lanark Fair from the mid 1700s”

“The project will advance education by sparking local interest in the Clydesdale Horse and Lanark’s agricultural heritage by providing a catalyst for the local community, local schools and visitors the chance to learn more about their heritage and the history of Lanark. This would be done through an engaging schools programme, creation of an information leaflet and photographic exhibition and of course, the sculpture.” 

“The estimated costs of this project are in the region of £40,000. Lanark Community Development Trust is seeking financial contributions of support and will also be approaching local capital funders. Any contribution or support, financial or otherwise, would be greatly appreciated to secure the success of this project.”

Donations may be made by
• Cheque to Lanark Community Development Trust, Castlebank Horticulture Centre, St Patrick’s Road, Lanark ML11 9EG
• Bank Transfer: Sort Code 80 17 02, Account Number: 06002099
• PayPal to
• Facebook via this post



The last couple of weeks have been busy at the Horticultural Centre. The volunteers have had a lot of autumn jobs to get on with, keeping the park looking tidy and getting the gardens ready for winter. On Sunday 20th October we hosted a very interesting Foraging Walk with Amy Rankine from Hipsters & Hobos. This involved a two-hour walk in the park learning lots about wild foraging, and then heading back to the Classroom for some delicious samples of food using foraged ingredients. We’ll likely be running another walk in May 2020 to coincide with national ‘Foraging Fortnight’ so keep an eye out for details.

On Thursday 31st October the centre transformed into the ‘Horror-ticultural Centre’ and we hosted our first ‘Ghouls in the Garden’ event.  Lots of fun was had with nature crafts, feely boxes, carnivorous plants, dookin for apples and the Ghost Trail. Thanks to everyone who attended!

Our last horticultural workshop of the year is a ‘Winter Tree ID session’ on Sunday 24th November. Discover the clues to identifying evergreen and deciduous trees in winter. The workshop will include examining the key features of bare stems and winter buds, followed by an ID walk in Castlebank Park to put our learnings into practice. The workshop will be led by Stuart Ritchie MsC, Educational Gardener at Castlebank Horticultural Centre. 12.30pm – 2.30pm | £8 per person. To book, email or call 01555 728 329.

Other upcoming events which have all currently sold out are: Nature Photography Workshop on 9th November and Wreath Workshops on 30th November & 1st December. To be first to hear about upcoming events, please follow us on Facebook or sign up for our regular events emails. You could also consider becoming a Friend of Castlebank Park for priority invitations!



This weekend, see the new exhibition ‘Streets of Lanark’ in The Tolbooth, and head to Moor Park for the annual Fireworks Display by Lanark & District Round Table.

Do you have any ideas to improve the town or projects you would like the Development Trust to consider? Please feel free to email us with your ideas or suggestions on

We rely on your support and donations to be able to continue delivering community projects here in Lanark. Why not think about becoming a member of the Development Trust to support more regularly? We are a charitable, non-profit body which carries out projects for the common good. Our aspiration is to develop and deliver priority community projects which have a social, environmental and economic impact. Any support would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Melissa
Development Manager
Lanark Community Development Trust

01555 728 329

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